San Diego Resources for Seniors and Caregivers

2-1-1 San Diego

What is 2-1-1? As a local non-profit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year, 2-1-1 San Diego is the region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social and disaster services. By simply dialing 2-1-1 the call is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages. 2-1-1 provides access to 6,000 services, resources and programs through our online database. Types of assistance include utilities help, transportation, housing, medical referrals...

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) offers services to family caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling conditions or diseases. With a team of highly-qualified, professional staff, SCRC supports families through a full range of programs and services.

(858) 268-4432

For more information CLICK HERE.

Elder Care Directory

A comprehensive guide to independent living and long-term care for all of San Diego county and Temecula.  Published by the San Diego Union-Tribune and updated yearly, it is available for free at all libraries. It has a helpful glossary of elder care housing terms.  Covers a wide range of needs from housing, medical, mental health, legal, end of life issues, and more.


For more information, CLICK HERE.

Serving Seniors

The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center

1525 Fourth Ave at the corner of Beech Street, two blocks south of First Pres.

Office:  619-235-6572

Also has a list of centers in the county that serve free daily meals to seniors and contact info for home delivery of free meals to home-bound seniors.

For more information,  CLICK HERE


Just some of the services offered:  Breakfast and lunch meals (seven days a week),

health clinic, social events, exercise and educational classes, Cyber Cafe with computer assistance.  Take a look at the on line monthly calendar for all events and classes.

It's Up to Us

The It’s Up to Us campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources, and seek help.  For more information,  CLICK HERE    or  in a crisis situation, call 888-724-7240

to talk with an experienced counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Housing Resources

Helen Williams

Community Outreach and Senior Advocate

(800) 357-3893 is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.  Has an extensive listing of assisted living options.

Rideshare Resources


Cell phone application that allows users to hail the closest taxi.


Ride-sharing cell phone application allows users to request rides. Offers several ride options, including a lower-cost carpool service. Payment is by credit card and no money changes hands.

GoGoGrandparent (310) 400-5082

This is an Uber service for those who don’t have smartphones. Clients call and the service orders a ride from Uber. Can also deliver meals or household items to the home. Offers a Control Panel for families to request services for older adults and receive texts that will provide by-the-minute updates. Pricing depends on distance. No service charge in addition to usual Uber pricing. Fare estimate offered online. Payment is by credit card and no money changes hands.

ARRIVE RIDES (866) 626-9879

Arrive is a members-only service that arranges on-demand rides for people without smartphones by dispatching Lyft and Uber rides for members. Membership is $10 per month; rides cost usual fare plus $3 transportation fee. Available 9am-6pm PST. Fare estimated online and paid electronically.


Ride-sharing cell phone application allows users to request rides. Offers several ride options, including a lower-cost carpool service. Payment is by credit card and no money changes hands.

RideWith24 (949) 607-8115

Uber ride ordering to go anywhere. Includes uberASSIST, in which drivers assist clients door-to-door rather than curb-to-curb as a traditional taxicab. Rides cost usual fare plus $6.99 service fee. Rides can also be requested through the website.

Senior Transportation Options

MTS Senior Bus Pass



(ages 60+)

$18 per month

$2 initial fee for compass card


Available only at:

Transit Store

1255 Imperial Ave, Ste 100A,

San Diego, CA, 92101

Care 4u Mobility

(858) 564-9069

Rates vary, all of San Diego County

Errands and appointments for seniors; wheelchair access vehicles available.


(888) 924-3228

Rates vary from $2.50-$10


For ages 60+. All of SD County, including Ramona and Spring Valley

Senior Ride Finder/

Traveler's Aid of San Diego

(619) 295-8393

Joan's Journey Senior Transportation Program

(858) 273-7273


$25 flat rate

Central SD/beach areas,

handicap accessible

North County Transit District (LIFT program)

(760) 966-6500


ADA certified riders only

Out and About Vista Transportation Program

(760) 643-5284


Application required

Vista residents only, ages 60+

MTS Access


(Application Required)


$3.50 East County, South Bay, Poway. $4.50 all other areas

Doctor signature required for riders who cannot access regular bus or trolley.

Rides & Smiles (On the Go)

(858) 637-7310

 Enrollment fee

Appointments and personal activities for 60+

Eastern SD,  Northern SD and North County Inland


(619) 284-9281


Application required

Donation based

For ages 60+ for appointments and errands

in Mid-Central SD, Peninsula/Beaches, East County


(619) 667-1321

Ages 60+/disabled, application required


La Mesa and East County

Peninsula Shepherd

Senior Center

(619) 223-1640

$60 annual fee, $5 per ride, application required


Pt. Loma, O.B., Midway/Sports Arena only, also a senior center with activities

No Vacancy Transport

(760) 471-5346 


$50 round trip + $3.50/mile


North County, for wheelchairs

Renewing Life Transportation Resource

(619) 517-3239

For individuals in Domestic Violence shelters only


National City, Eastlake, Coronado,

La Mesa, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, South Bay

Driver Training

TREDS: Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety


(858) 534-9330



Resources For Safe Driving

For information on driver education, self-assessment tools, driver evaluation programs, car safety, and adaptive equipment for vehicles as well as additional resources regarding transportation options without a car, CLICK HERE.

California Referral Guide For Aging Road Users

For resources regarding the transition for yourself or a loved one from driving to relying on other transportation, CLICK HERE. This includes self assessment as well as information for family members/caregivers about recommending a DMV assessment and how to have conversations about the transition.  Included is DMV form DS699, to request re-evaluation of a person's ability to drive safely.